Northamptonshire’s Hospital and Outreach team wins BMA award

Caption: Christine Woods from Northamptonshire Hospital and Outreach Education (left) and Cassie Davis from CLIC Sargent receive their award from Wayne Middleton, British Medical Association president, and Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt.
Caption: Christine Woods from Northamptonshire Hospital and Outreach Education (left) and Cassie Davis from CLIC Sargent receive their award from Wayne Middleton, British Medical Association president, and Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt.

A member of Northamptonshire’s Hospital and Outreach Education team has won a national award for her work on an information pack about the impact of cancer on children’s learning.

Christine Woods, leader of hospital learning for Northamptonshire County Council’s Hospital and Outreach Education, was awarded the top prize for innovation in the British Medical Association Patient Information Awards 2015.

It recognised Christine’s contribution to the schools information pack Cancer and School Life, created by the charity CLIC Sargent.

The pack is given to schools where a pupil has cancer so that teachers can help classmates understand their friend’s illness.

Judges praised the booklet for providing good information on how to cater lessons to young cancer patients’ needs and for offering helpful advice on answering children’s questions about the disease.

Christine, who received the award with Cassie Davis, information manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “I’m really thrilled that our pack has been given such a prestigious award, but for me it’s just as important that I see that this pack is being used very effectively by schools to support young people.”